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It’s pretty fair to say that Maggie Valley’s Ghost Town in the Sky has become a popular topic when it comes to the rumor mill in recent years as fans continue to speculate as to whether or not they will see this beloved attraction “come alive” again.
Once a popular theme park in Maggie Valley, N.C., the now-abandoned property has suffered through multiple ownership changes, incongruities and a series of unfortunate events – including a seemingly doomed roller coaster, a broken chairlift and a massive mudslide.
The park originally opened in 1961 and closed in 1973 when the park was sold. It was the brought back again in 1986 only to close once more in the late 1990s. The park was thrice revived in 2007 but wasn’t able to make it through the recession in the late 2000s and has remained closed since.
At least until 2020. Well, sort of.
The Grey Eagle Music Hall in Asheville has just announced, as part of a new drive-in concert series, that they have secured the parking lot that once belonged to Ghost Town in the Sky as a venue for their upcoming concert featuring St. Paul & the Broken Bones.
Grey Eagle’s main venue, The Grey Eagle Tavern and Music Hall, is located near the French Board River in historic Asheville and is the longest running music venue in the area.
The event takes place just in time for Halloween. I mean, come on, what better venue could there possibly be for a concert on the week of Halloween than the parking lot of an abandoned theme park called ‘Ghost Town’?
The concert is scheduled for Thursday, Oct 29.
Hosted by The Grey Eagle Music Hall, the concert is part of a larger concert series this fall that kicks off Sept 20. Currently, The Oct 29th event is the only concert scheduled for the Ghost Town in the Sky venue. However, other additional shows are expected to be held at the site in the near future.
About the concert
Concert-goers can reserve a 20×15′ space which will accommodate one vehicle and a small seating area. The event is BYOC (bring your own chair).
The concert will also stream via FM to car radios should guests choose to remain in their vehicles.
Gates open at 6 pm. The concert is expected to begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased online and run from $154-$264 per car. Each ticket includes admission for up to six people, or roughly $25-$44 per person with a full car.
No campers, RVs or sprinters are allowed. No outside alcohol or pets are allowed.
About St. Paul & the Broken Bones
St. Paul & the Broken Bones is an 8-man rock and roll soul band from Alabama. They released their debut album Half the City in 2014, and a follow-up entitled Sea of Noise in 2016. The band’s latest album, Young Sick Camelia is now streaming on Spotify, if you’d like a sneak peek.
The band has received worldwide acclaim having opened for The Rolling Stones, headlining events at The Ryman Auditorium and performing on nationally-televised late night shows including The Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Conan, Austin City Limits and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Band members include band leader Paul Janeway (lead vocals), co-band leader Jesse Phillips (bass and guitar), Browan Lollar (guitars), Andrew Lee (drums), Al Gamble (keyboards), Allen Branstetter (trumpet), Chad Fisher (trombone) and Amari Ansari (saxophone).
The band is known for their thoughtful lyrics and unique blend of rock and soul.
To learn more about St. Paul & the Broken Bones, or to book tickets to the upcoming concert, visit the Grey Eagle Music Hall website. Space will be limited so guests are encouraged to book early.
Ghost Town in the Sky is located at 16 Fie Top Rd, Maggie Valley, NC 28751.
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